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Top 5 Best Beginner Sewing Machines

Top 5 Best Beginner Sewing Machines For Under $200

While one can spend hundreds and even thousands of dollars on advanced sewing machines, it’s not necessarily your best option. In reality, you can use a number of beginner sewing machines to make just about anything. I’ll admit, I still use the first $79 sewing machine that I received as a gift almost six years ago. It’s still running strong and I’ve designed and made every Peek-a-Boo Pattern Shop pattern (many multiple times) using that machine (and sometimes my serger and coverstitch). Especially for those of you on a budget, I recommend looking into the following top 5 beginner sewing machines for under $200:

1. Brother CS6000i

Brother 6000

The Brother CS6000i is the best selling sewing machine on Amazon, and for good reason – it has over 3,000 five-star reviews as of the writing of this post. This machine has over 60 built-in stitches you can choose through a computerized system. It also has a number of high end features including: (1) automatic needle threading, (2) easy machine threading; (3) an over-sized table for larger projects; and, (4) a built in free arm for sewing your cuffs and sleeves. The machine is light weight, low noise, and comes with a stack of accessories to make life easy. For less than $150, at the time I’m writing this post, this machine is a steal. Check it out here for more info: Brother CS6000i

2. Singer 7258

Singer 7258

Many love the Singer 7258 because it’s a little bit heavier than many other beginner sewing machines. This keeps the sewing machine still while sewing through tougher projects. The machine comes with ten different foots for all your needs, as well as a “programmable needle.” The programmable needle is a feature that allows you to choose whether the needle will stop in up or down position – it’s a neat feature that many love. For one who wants a beginner machine, packed full of features, the Singer 7258 may be just for you. As of the writing of this post, it’s less than $165! Check it out for yourself here: Singer 7258.

3. Janome 2212

Janome 2212

The Janome 2212 doesn’t have a million features like some of the other machines here – and that’s why people love it. It’s a simple machine and has 12 basic stitches (instead of 100 or more like some others). This allows you to focus on what matters and enjoy a simplified sewing experience with a high quality machine. Many like that it isn’t computerized, as the computer is just one more thing that can potentially break and cost you money to fix down the line. That being said, it has all the basic features that one needs to get the job done. If you’re a beginner and looking for a workhorse machine without all the frills then this may be the one for you. Also, if your old fashioned and don’t want to bother with all the “computerized” stuff then this machine is probably right up your alley. At under $150 as I write this post, this machine is hard to beat. Check it out here for more info: Janome 2212

4. Brother XL2600I

Brother XL2600

Going back to Brother Sewing Machines for Number 4. This has a special place in my heart – because it’s mine! I received it when I was an absolute beginner and, even after designing almost 200 sewing patterns, I haven’t upgraded yet. There aren’t too many bells and whistles on this machine although it does have an automatic needle threader, and easy stitch selector. I’ve found this machine to be extremely durable – I’ve used it multiple hours almost every day for years and … I hate to admit it, but I’ve never serviced it. At around $80, if it breaks, I won’t feel too bad buying a new one! Check it out for yourself here: Brother XL2600I

5. Brother CE7070PRW


Brother rounds out the top 5 with one more – giving them 3 out of my top 5. The CE7070PRW  is very similar to the CS6000i – it’s computerized and packed full of features. It also comes with an extended wide table excellent for large projects like quilts and dresses. For under $150, at the time I write this post, this is just one more excellent option. Check it out here for more info: Brother CE7070PRW

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  1. I am planning to buy a sewing machine. I am new at sewing and this is to be my first machine. Can you suggest a good option? I am interested in making quilts and small sewing projects.
    Any help is greatly appreciated.


    • Any of the machines in this post would be great options. If you are looking for something simple to use and inexpensive to get you started, the BROTHER XL2600I would be a good choice.

  2. This is a great idea. I was looking for this information. It enabled me to sew faster. Thank you for sharing useful information…

  3. Hi Amy,

    Thanks for sharing this review post. I have a question about “Singer 7258”:- Will this sewing machine sew through heavy fabrics like triple denim or the making of dog collars with thick nylon?

    Barbara Harris

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